Rasmussen College Online Reviews
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I graduated Summa Cum Laude from this College. The instructors liked me and I did well, because I accomplished Summa Cum Laude. In my opinion the job search that follows is horrid. Nobody picks a Rasmussen graduate, because it has very bad karma. I been searching for a information technology job with certificates (network+, A+) for 19 months. No interviews. A better Bachelor program in Management Information Systems would be University of Wisconsin River Falls.
As an actual student of Rasmussen College, I truly enjoyed my time with the college and look forward at going back sometime down the line. For me personally, I just want my Bachelor's degree to mean something. I know I have to start at the bottom, but I hope employers look at the degree as a supplement to my current experience to move me up when opportunities present themselves instead of being overlooked because I went to Rasmussen. All the for profit schools that are closing their doors are kind of scary and I truly hope this doesn't happen to Rasmussen. When I attended, the books and content were up to date. Spelling mistakes were problem, but I am seeing more spelling mistakes everywhere online. Heck, there could be one in this post. I do feel more confident about Rasmussen College as my current employer works with them to help get employees a discount on their education. The downfall to this, however, is the company I work for goes through another college if they fully pay for a program.
Please make sure you do your own research before attending, they promise you the world but fall short on almost ALL of them. First, I understand the classes are fast about 5.5 weeks but they are unorganized and basically make you feel like you are on your own. Most instructors have never taught a day in their lives. Instructors schedules were not followed, you are left waiting for a live classroom which never comes, emails that are never answered. This will be the 4th teacher I had like this, complain and the teacher just gave me high grade to pass me. This school is not cheap and I want to feel like I'm learning something and I feel like I'm teaching myself; thankfully I have a background in medical. Really sorry I chose this school, especially when I was told my financial aid covered everything only to see a bill for over a $1000.00, sorry here are placed you can apply for a loan. I can not get a loan, and that was explained at the start. Only then did they look into in and realize they did not submit my paperwork correctly and could only write off one semester. If going back to school isn't stressful enough, they really make it worse. I was going to pursue my Associates but not at Rasmussen, really disappointed.
I decided to write a review as I have been reading the other reviews and noticed all the bad reviews coming from issues with financial aid or issues that are not with the school at all. I have been attending Rasmussen College online for about a year now and before that I attending Kaplan University Online. Comparing the two I will say that Rasmussen is WAY better than Kaplan. Rasmussen is about $1000 cheaper per term, Kaplan's classes were a joke (for Information Technology at least), and with Kaplan you didn't learn anything. With Rasmussen I have challenging classes that actually pertain to the field that I am attaining a degree in, and it is cheaper than Kaplan. The people complaining about this school seem to want to have their hands held through life and not take any responsibility for anything. The only thing I can say that I would change is that they should use Pearson's My Math Lab for math courses, but that is just a personal preference for me.
I have just completed my first year at Rasmussen College. I think its great. There are a lot of bad reviews and sometimes its our own faults for giving the bad reviews. I've seen stuff like "I have a bad professor because he gave me a bad grade for turning in late homework" or "my financial aid got messed up but I turned it in a week late". Its called holding yourself accountable and if you want to be in school, you'll find ways that motivate you to stay in school. I'm not saying its perfect and the instructors are the best. We are human and we make mistakes. In fact, once I took a test and 2 questions out of the 25 questions were counted as being WRONG when they were RIGHT. I took screenshots of the problems then emailed that to the professor and he took care of it that same night and I received credit for the correct answers. They also changed the test. I have been in the workforce for about 20 years. For me, I have to get a degree if I want to advance with my current employer. I have an opportunity to better myself and my family. If that means to grit my teeth and take charge of my education, that's what I'm going to do. Its not about excuses. It not about waiting until the last minute to finish up an assignment. Its about your future. Take charge of yours!
In reading the comments, I'm not surprised since many of them are about financial aid and issues. I do not use financial aid, so I'm not able to comment about it. I would say most of the time, I'm satisfied with the Accelerated program that I'm in. However, just like anywhere else, there are a few bad apples. I would say out of every 5 instructors you get one that is a bit more harsh, unclear, or just annoying with reading power points and continuing to preach about the APA format. Speaking of the preaching. It's probably happening since many people are not following the requirements. And, perhaps this is why people who gave poor reviews are not happy. I would also mention that if I had not had over 20 years of experience, this program would be very difficult. I think that is why people are also making comments about not learning or being taught anything by the instructor. I feel it's a program that was developed for people like me that have many years of experience but just need a degree to validate the experience for current or future employers. If you are under 35 years old, you'll need to be a good reader, be able to reach out for help when needed, or just be fortunate to have a lot of business experience. The classes are only 6 weeks long, so they go fast and when you get behind on one week, it could be difficult to catch up. The work is generally 2 discussion posts and 2 writing papers (sometimes a quiz is supplemented for one of these items). I would say it takes about 10-15 hours a week to do the work for one class. I'm glad that the instructors can be a bit tough on some people, I do want to EARN my grades, and to this point (attending for about a year now), I feel I have earned my grade. And, I feel I have learned too. Perhaps not as much as sitting in a classroom when I was 20 years old, but since I've been working for more years than that, I've gained knowledge that I am able to apply to my course work. And, thankfully, I do not need to sit in a classroom for 3-10 hours a week! I dreaded that while getting my Associates degree 22 years ago! That's one reason I didn't go back to school. Speaking of my Associates degree, Rasmussen took my degree to apply it to my credits so I began as a Junior basically. 22 years later! And, I didn't have to take any additional classes than someone who just graduated in the spring of the year I started attending Rasmussen. Bottom line, as with everything else, you get what you put into it. It's not for everyone or for every degree (I'm only able to comment on the Accelerated BA Business Management program). And, the costs could vary. I am taking advantage of my work's tuition reimbursement program and so far have not paid anything out of pocket. I am thankful for the quick classes, because I tend to get anxious about week 4, regardless of how long the class is. Here's my summary: PROS: It's somewhat self-paced, but there are due dates for assignments No sitting in classrooms Inexpensive, comparatively speaking to other BA programs (even if I had to pay out of pocket) You still can communicate with your classmates If I move, I can continue to take my classes since location is not an issue. 18 months and you're done! My stomach doesn't turn as I expected (see CONS below) There are 6 computer based classes that you take and those are strictly read and take a test types and are totally self-paced, and you have 60 days to complete one class. CONS: The online portal was confusing somewhat when I began. Some teachers/classes aren't good (but no where is perfect) My stomach turns thinking about school
At first I thought the school was pretty good. I would have to agree that some of the instructors are pretty harsh. They don't really teach and when asked a question they tell you to look over the power-point again or read this chapter....of course I had already done that hense the reason I am asking! My biggest issue is with books, advisors who never answer your questions, and financial aid department. I hate ebooks. Sitting in front of a screen reading for hours with lengthly chapters is not something I like to do. I don't have the best eyes and am prone to severe headaches. Online courses that require you to use Rasmussen's online library for schaoarly article references is a joke too! I would get points taken off my paper because I didn't get my references from the Rasmussen library! Why on Earth this matters as long as my references are legit is beyond me! Advisors are a joke. You call and get no answer, you email and they send it to someone else to answer who still doesn't answer your question. Two weeks before I graduated there was a $3,000 check sent to me by mistake. My husband also attends Rasmussen and it was supposed to go on to his account. His name is very similar to mine and my name was on the check. I figured it was the remainder of my financial aid. A few days after we put it in our account and paid bills with it I get a call saying I needed to return it because it was a mistake! That's a huge mistake! I still haven't been able to get a job in Medical Administration due to no experience even though I have my Associate's Degree. It's been 6 months. So, silly me thought I would go back for the new Radiologic Technologist program. Now it is a month before classes and their regional financial aid officer is telling them I have a balance due each quarter and I either have to pay out of pocket or get a loan which I can't do. A month before starting! What bad news. Now I'm trying to withdrawal before it's too late and instead of answering my question of how to do so, they are trying to convince me I CAN afford it despite me telling them I can't!
I decided to go with Rasmussen because they are regionally accredited and provide online. They care about you here unlike other colleges I've talked to. Teachers are very easy to get a hold of and are knowledgeable in that field. Also they don't treat you like a student they treat you like family. At least that's how I feel. So far I feel I've made one of the best choices in my life.
I dropped out after 2 semesters and was told by my counselor that I owed a certain amount and as long as I made a payment of any amout I'd be good. Three weeks later I get a call saying I owe more and my counselor was wrong and that they accepted my payment of 20 dollars but in the future it couldn't be less than 50. After setting up a payment plan with them they sent my account to a collection agency 10 days before my first payment was even due under the new payment contract we agreed to (breach of contract anyone?). After calling them they admitted to the mistake and said it was done by them in error however I was still required to make my payments even though they messed up. All this school wants is money, go somewhere else.
I decided to write a review because I find that many people write reviews when they are not happy and few take the time to write a good review when things are good. I have had a very positive experience with Rasmussen College and am excited to be graduating. I worked hard for my grades and communicated often with my instructors. I had personal issues and challenges along the way and some instructors work with you and some don't. That is just life. The instructor is like your boss; some are good some are not. The instructors I had were very knowledgeable in their field and I used their expertise to learn and I put forth great effort in writing papers that aligned with the job I would do after graduation. I had great feedback from instructors and one asked if they could use my paper as an example for other students. I had not been in school for 20 years before coming to Rasmussen and was very grateful for such support. I picked my instructors brain and asked about careers after I graduated and asked advice from all of them. I kept in contact with my Advisor and felt that my questions were answered honestly and in a timely manner. I did not take out excess funds as it was explained that this is a loan and I sent the excess back to the lender and was not worried about a check coming in the mail. I spoke to many students that clearly abused their student loans and used the excess money for things clearly other than education. When you would read discussion post with no grammar, vocabulary, speelling errors, and posts that made no sense or looked like a first grader wrote it, it was obvious that some students had no intention of earning a degree and they were in school for money. Some students in these reviews make it sound like it is Rasmussen holding up their check but when I recently spoke to my Loan Provider, I was told that the student must be in class for a certain amount of time before the checks are released because of the abuse of some students going to school just to get a check at the beginning of classes. I made decent grades throughout my degree and I graduate next month with my Bachelor's degree. I attended the last Career Fair at the campus and was given 2 interviews and accepted an offer with my dream company and will be a Family Case Manager. I could not apply for the position without my degree and could have not graduated without an online program because of my busy life. I am very grateful to the support of Rasmussen College along the way, but the bottom line is, I did the work and I found solutions to the challenges that life through at me. If I would not have been successful, it would be no ones fault but my own.